Nothing says a centerpiece, quite like sweet tartlets. They are sweet-scented, elegant and easy to prepare. Caramelising Azada’s Hazelnut Oil, perfectly complements the pears, adding a nutty-caramel flavour, which is mouthwatering and aromatic.
So, why not showcase the taste of winter with these seasonal tartlets, which oozes nutty depths of flavour!
40 ml Azada Hazelnut Oil
500 grams ercolini / blanquilla pears, peeled and cored
225 grams soft brown sugar
1 sheet ready made puff pastry (gluten-free)
Preheat the oven to 180°C / gas mark 6 / 400°F.
Cut the pears into ½ inch wedges and set aside. Meanwhile, heat 20 ml of Azada’s Hazelnut Oil. Add the pears and cook over a medium heat, until they begin to turn golden around the edges. Discard the juices and place the pears in a bowl.
Add the sugar to a large frying pan and over a high heat melt the sugar, until it bubbles and turns amber. Pour in the remaining Hazelnut Oil and pears. Using a rubber spatula, coat the pears and remove from the heat.
Spoon the pears slices into a nonstick 12-cup muffin pan and layer to form a 1-inch layer. Cut the pastry into 12 round discs and top the pears with the discs. Bake in the oven for about 25 minutes, until golden. Cool the muffin pan on a wire wrack.
Run a spatula around the edges of the tartlets and serve pear side up with a spoonful of vanilla ice cream.